A NEW bus service that runs on Saturday mornings throughout the summer is bringing visitors and walkers from Kilkenny city to Bennettsbridge to help them experience the nature, craft and heritage of the region.
In the village, visitors can see some of the Made in Kilkenny craftmakers in their studios, including candlemaker Moth to a Flame, furniture maker Keith Mosse and the Nicholas Mosse Country Shop before setting off on the 11km walk along the banks of the River Nore back into the city.
Trail Kilkenny has teamed up with the Ring-a-Link bus service to pick up walkers from two points in Kilkenny and drop them in Bennettsbridge to start their two-hour River Nore Walk through the countryside.
The bus service is operating from June to September, leaving Padmore and Barnes on Wolfe Tone Street at 11.30am and The Parade at 11.45am each Saturday. The cost is €3 per person and includes a route map. Those who leave their car at Padmore and Barnes can also avail of free parking and a discount shopping voucher.
The Nore Valley Walk route is clearly marked and the stretch begins at Tynan’s Butchers Shop at the Bridge in Bennettsbridge and cuts right into Kilkenny city.
The bus seats are filled on a first come, first served basis.
A free smartphone guide can be downloaded from www.trailkilkenny.ie or by scanning the QR code on promotional literature.